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In alternative council, public can take helm

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'What's next?" appears to be a major question for those following our political situation. Suthep Thaugsuban, affectionately called kamnan by some, has made advances in his political battle against the Yingluck Shinawatra government _ a move dubbed by Mr Suthep and later some academics as the "people's revolution" _ which so far still remains a relatively bloodless one. 

But admit it, confusion has reigned since the day anti-government protest leader Mr Suthep announced his plan for a "people's council" (not to mention political reform) while rival parties are trying to break the deadlock, at the same time maximising their political gain from this very messy situation.

While the power games seem to be limited to a handful of elites who have relentlessly engaged in bargaining for a larger chunk of power, a group of people have questioned if we should allow a handful to have dominance over the people's council _ a move that is tantamount to a compromise of democratic principles.

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